JP2009535905A - Automatic rating and removal of unpleasant ringback tones from ringback tone services - Google Patents

Automatic rating and removal of unpleasant ringback tones from ringback tone services Download PDF

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JP2009535905A
JP2009535905A JP2009507741A JP2009507741A JP2009535905A JP 2009535905 A JP2009535905 A JP 2009535905A JP 2009507741 A JP2009507741 A JP 2009507741A JP 2009507741 A JP2009507741 A JP 2009507741A JP 2009535905 A JP2009535905 A JP 2009535905A
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  In an embodiment, the apparatus comprises a dictionary that includes a plurality of words and a rating engine that is functionally coupled to the dictionary and that is functionally coupled to a repository that includes a plurality of ringback tones corresponding to the song. Yes, the rating engine can perform undesired ringback tone grading, flagging and filtering, depending on the comparison between words in the dictionary and lyrics associated with the song, thereby producing an acceptable ringback tone. provide.

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  The present invention relates generally to ringback tone personalization services, and more particularly to a system for automatically filtering and removing unpleasant ringback tones from a repository.

  Ringback tones provide a personalized service that replaces standard ringback tones for callers (including friends and family) to enjoy. With this service, the subscriber can select a song so that the caller can listen before the subscriber picks up the call. The song is played during the call establishment phase, also known as the “ring” phase.

  In general, ringback tones can be purchased through the Internet, by phone and through text messages. Some services can provide the ability to specify a unique ringback tone to be played for a particular time. The default ringback tone can be played in all other cases. Ringback tones include, for example, rap / hip hop, pop, rock, R & B, alternative, metal, classic rock, soundtrack and theme songs, country, voice tone, dance, electric, folk, 60's, 70's, It can be offered for different music genres such as 80s oldies, blues, jazz, inspirational, world, latin, holiday, sports, TV / movies, VH1, comedy channels, etc. Also, a unique ring back tone can be specified for a particular caller or caller group.

  Specialized ringback tones have been introduced to wireless and wired telecommunications service providers for several years. It is typically seen that these service providers allow a subscriber to select a particular ringback tone from a repository containing tens of thousands of ringback tones.

  For an appointed administrator of a service provider, listening to each of these tens of thousands of ringback tones and individually rating these ringback tones can be extremely cumbersome and time consuming. Ratings can include ringback tones for all ages or ringback tones for only older listeners. However, without this rating and verification, it is quite possible for callers, especially the minority, to be exposed to potentially unpleasant material contained in the ringback tone. If left unchecked, it is very likely that the caller will begin to act against the service provider.

  One known prior art solution to this problem consists of listening carefully to each of the ringback tones in the repository and evaluating these “manuals”.

  Another possible solution involves the use of a “speech-to-text” engine that converts song lyrics to song words while playing. A “manual” rating is a tough task (eg, listening to 70,000 ringback tones each for 30 seconds would take nearly 600 hours to listen) and is very error prone The use of a “speech-to-text” engine provides an interesting alternative. However, there are certain areas where errors occur: In particular, consider an uncomfortable song. In general, only the first few measures of a song are available for evaluation, and these measures are associated with subsequent unpleasant words without exception, even if they do not contain any unpleasant words Invite

  Another situation occurs when a service provider is providing a music-only segment or using background music for an uncomfortable song even if all words are removed. Alternatively, instrument versions of certain unpleasant songs may be used. The listener will promptly associate a melody with words. Thus, the “speech-to-text” engine has obvious drawbacks. Finally, the “speech-to-text” engine is never perfect, that is, in some cases, implied and unpleasant sounds cannot be converted to text, in other cases, I can't capture all the phrases in the song.

  Therefore, there is a need in the art for an automated method of grading, flagging, and filtering out potentially unpleasant or undesirable ringback tones.

  Certain embodiments of the methods and apparatus of the present invention include an apparatus. In this embodiment, an apparatus comprises a dictionary having a plurality of words and a rating engine functionally coupled to the dictionary and functionally coupled to a repository having a plurality of ringback tones corresponding to songs. The engine performs undesired ringback tone grading, flagging, and filter removal in response to a comparison between words in the dictionary and lyrics associated with the song, thereby providing an acceptable ringback tone To do. Another embodiment of the method and apparatus of the present invention encompasses a method. The present embodiment of the method includes the steps of evaluating song lyrics associated with a ringback tone using predetermined phrases each having a rating value, and for a ringback tone, a predetermined rule set Assigning backtone ratings and deleting ringback tones based on these assigned rating values may be included. Another embodiment of the method and apparatus of the present invention is to provide an artist, song title, song album, or combination of all three blacks that a service provider can consider to be unpleasant for the subject human population. Includes methods involving lists. The blacklist serves as an exclusion feature for summarizing the potentially unpleasant content.

  Features of exemplary implementations of the invention will become apparent from the description, the claims, and the accompanying drawings.

  In the following description, it is assumed that the user is familiar with the “ringback tone” service. In the context of a ringback tone service, a subscriber can choose a ringback tone that the caller hears as a subscriber-selected specialized ringback tone (eg, a pop or rock song or “Make my day, punk” or “I can be a famous line in a movie such as “will be back”) and non-stationary or routinely (eg, on a given day, on a given day of the week, or at a particular time of day), It can be replaced.

  Embodiments of the method and apparatus of the present invention provide a method for grading and flagging ringback tones. In particular, unpleasant ringback tones can be marked for deletion from the ringback tone repository. The method is automated and requires minimal initial setup by a human operator. When the method is started, the method searches the repository of ringback tones, ranks each of them according to set criteria, selects potentially unpleasant material from these ringback tones and removes them. .

  Embodiments of the method can handle song title and artist information provided as part of each ringback tone provided in the system. The output of this method is a ringback tone rating (similar to MPAA ratings such as G, PG, PG-13, R, X, etc.), according to criteria set by the service provider Allocation and removal of ringback tones from the repository that exceed acceptable ratings set by the service provider.

  FIG. 1 is a representation of an implementation of an apparatus 100 that performs a method for automatically grading, flagging, and filtering out potentially unpleasant or undesirable ringback tones. In the following embodiments, multiple songs, each associated with an artist and subject, are available, some of which will be selected for use by the service subscriber.

  The management interface 102 is functionally coupled to the artist and subject scan module 104, the rating engine 106 and the dictionary 108. The artist and title scanning module 104 may include a plurality of artist names and song titles (which may be a superset of titles and artists that will be made available to subscribers after simplifying the list according to current proposals. Is functionally coupled to the artist and subject database 105 including The rating engine 106 can be operatively coupled to a repository 108 that includes a plurality of ringback tones corresponding to songs. The rating engine 106 includes rating and removal rules for selecting ringback tones from the repository 108. Repository 108 may include a plurality of available ringback tones. In some embodiments, repository 108 and artist and title database 105 may be included in a common database.

  To cause the rating engine 106 to select a ringback tone from the repository 108, words are registered in the dictionary 110, and each of these words can be given a rating value. When the rating engine 106 evaluates each ringback tone stored in the repository, the rating engine 106 retrieves the lyrics for the song from which the ringback tone is retrieved, respectively, from one or more lyrics engines 112, 114. To do. The rating engine 106 can access one or more lyrics engines 112, 114, for example, via the Internet. Also, the ringback tone repository 108 can be maintained by another company and can be accessed, for example, via the Internet.

  The rating engine 106 may also be operatively coupled to a ringback tone database 116 comprised of acceptable ringback tones that can be accessed by service provider subscribers.

  FIG. 2 illustrates one embodiment of the method of the present invention that may be utilized in the initialization phase in the system of FIG.

  In the first step 201, the administrator (service provider employee) initializes the dictionary and rules engine from the web interface. A dictionary of words and ratings corresponding to those that need to be examined are set. As an example, the administrator will set up a dictionary as shown in FIG.

  This list can be hundreds of words / phrases or even longer. What is shown in FIG. 3 is only a minority and a fictitious rating. A service provider may be required to use a word in a particular song with a rating of 3 or above to produce a result that prevents the use of that particular song. The actual rules for making this decision will be part of the rules engine.

  In a second step 202, the administrator can enter rules for the rating engine.

  FIG. 4 shows an example of a rules table used by the evaluation engine in the system of FIG. In this example, rule 1 is interpreted as "If the song lyrics contain more than one rate 3 phrase, the song needs to be deleted." Rule 2 interprets that "if the song lyrics contain more than two rate 2 words, the song needs to be deleted". Logical combinations are also possible by extending the table. For example, such an extension would be a rule such that “a song needs to be deleted if the lyrics of the song contain exactly one rate 3 phrase and at least one rate 2 phrase”. Will be offered.

  In a third step 203, the administrator can also enter a predetermined artist name and song title into the artist and title scan module. These artist names and song titles may be banned by service providers.

  In the fourth step 204, the administrator also sets up the website that needs to be contacted by the rating engine and uses the method used for such communication, eg CGI queries using SOAP / XML or HTTP GET. Specify.

  FIG. 5 illustrates one embodiment of the method of the present invention that may be utilized in the system of FIG. 1 during the evaluation and removal phase by the evaluation engine.

  In an initial step 501, the administrator can issue a command to the rating engine to initiate ringback tone rating and processing. This causes the ringback tone repository index to be read and a unique artist / song title pair to be retrieved. If the service provider provides 10 different segments for a given song with a given title and a given artist every 25 seconds, as in the example, the index read Only one value is generated from the ringback tone segment of the index, and the index will be associated with a given artist and subject.

  In general, the service provider will display the artist name and song title for the subscriber to browse and click to extract ringback tones via the web interface. In this way, songs and artist names with specialized ringback tone solutions are usually available. At the end of this first step 501, the rating and removal engine will have a consolidated list of unique artist / song pairs.

  In a second step 502, the rating engine sends a query to an existing web service that provides song lyrics. For this purpose, any established interface such as SOAP, XML, WSDL can be used. In this simplest form, an HTTP GET command can be issued or the query can be configured to generate HTML for the lyrics.

  Depending on the capabilities of the system used, the evaluation engine can send one query at a time or several queries in parallel. Depending on the communication mode specified in the configuration file, the evaluation engine can use the same or different communication mechanisms to query the lyrics engine.

  At the end of the second step 502, the lyrics of a particular song are made available to the rating engine. In essence, each artist / title pair goes through the same process and continues with the same logical steps. For simplicity and brevity, only a single thread will continue here.

  In a third step 503, the rating engine performs a rating and evaluates the lyrics associated with the dictionary. The result of this process is the assignment of ringback tone ratings according to service provider criteria and the removal of ringback tones that exceed acceptable ratings.

  This step may be computationally intensive. There is a way to speed up the process. In essence, the process is a process of comparing two lists of words. The dictionary can be implemented as an ordered list of words (b-tree, binary list, sequential linked list, double linked list, etc.). However, song lyrics arrive as an unordered list of words. If each song word is taken one at a time for comparison, one optimization is to eliminate string matching of common words such as “a”, “an”, “the”, etc. is there. This can be configured as another “exclusion list”. The areas of string comparison, fast search, and fast sort are very mature and implementers can choose any available method.

  At the end of the third step 503, the ringback tone will be rated as one of the predetermined ratings. These ratings are added to the ringback tone inventory so that subscribers can wisely select and use age-appropriate ringback tones. Also, songs that are required to be removed may be removed by the evaluation engine.

  In a fourth step 504, the ringback tone database is composed of acceptable ringback tones that can be accessed by service provider subscribers. Each ringback tone displays a calculated rating as determined by the rating / evaluation engine.

  The apparatus of the present invention in certain embodiments comprises a plurality of components, such as one or more of electronic components, hardware components, and computer software components. Some of these components may be combined or divided in the device.

  In certain embodiments, the apparatus of the present invention can use one or more computer-readable signal carrier media. The computer readable signal carrier medium can store software, firmware and / or assembly language for executing one or more portions of one or more embodiments. Computer readable signal carrier media in certain embodiments can include one or more of magnetic, electrical, optical, biological, and atomic data storage media. For example, computer readable signal carrier media may include floppy disks, magnetic tapes, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, hard disk drives, and electronic memory.

  The steps or operations described herein are just exemplary. There may be many variations to these steps or operations without departing from the spirit of the invention. For example, the steps can be performed in a different order, and steps can be added, deleted or modified.

  While exemplary implementations of the invention have been shown and described in detail herein, various modifications, additions, substitutions, and the like can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention, Thus, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that these are considered to be within the scope of the invention as defined in the claims.

FIG. 7 is a representation of an implementation of an apparatus that performs a method of automatically grading, flagging, and filtering out potentially unpleasant or undesirable ringback tones. FIG. 2 illustrates an embodiment of the method of the present invention that may be utilized in the initialization phase in the system of FIG. It is a figure which shows the Example of the dictionary in the system of FIG. FIG. 2 illustrates an example of a rule table for use by an evaluation engine in the system of FIG. FIG. 2 illustrates an embodiment of the method of the present invention that may be utilized in the evaluation and removal phase with the system of FIG.

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  1. A dictionary containing multiple words;
    A rating engine functionally coupled to a dictionary and functionally coupled to a repository including a plurality of ringback tones corresponding to songs;
    A device comprising:
    The rating engine performs undesired ringback tone grading, flagging, and filtering in response to a comparison of words in the dictionary with lyrics associated with the song, thereby providing an acceptable ringback tone Do the equipment.
  2.   In addition, an artist and subject scan module is operatively coupled to the artist and subject database having artist names associated with a plurality of song titles and songs, and the artist and subject scan module includes: The apparatus of claim 1, wherein undesired ringback tone grading, flagging, and filtering are performed according to song title and artist name associated with the song.
  3.   The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the rating engine has a rating and removal rule for selecting a ringback tone from the repository.
  4.   The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the dictionary registers words and phrases formed from the words, each word having a rating value.
  5.   The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the rating engine is operatively coupled to at least one lyrics engine that provides respective lyrics for songs associated with the ringback tone.
  6.   The apparatus of claim 5, wherein the rating engine is operatively coupled to at least one lyrics engine via the Internet.
  7. Evaluating the lyrics of the song associated with the ringback tone using predetermined phrases each having a rating value;
    Assigning a ringback tone rating to the ringback tone according to a predetermined set of rules;
    Removing the ringback tone based on the assigned rating value;
    Including a method.
  8. further,
    Initializing the dictionary by specifying a plurality of words, each word having a respective associated rating value of the plurality of rating values;
    Initializing the rating engine by entering rules into the rating engine;
    Setting access to song lyrics, wherein song lyrics can be contacted by the rating engine;
    Issuing a command to the rating engine to initiate ringback tone rating and processing for multiple ringback tones;
    Sending a query by a rating engine to a web service that provides song lyrics;
    Performing a rating and rating of the lyrics by the rating engine using the words in the dictionary and the corresponding word rating values;
    Assigning a ringback tone rating according to the rules to the ringback tone and removing the ringback tone based on the ringback tone rating value;
    The method of claim 7 comprising:
  9.   Further, the method includes entering a predetermined artist name and song title for the artist and title scan module into an artist and title database having a plurality of song titles and artist names associated with the song, and the artist and title scan module includes: 8. The method of claim 7, wherein undesired ringback tone grading, flagging, and filtering are performed according to song title and artist name associated with the song.
  10.   The method of claim 7, wherein the rating engine is operatively coupled to at least one lyrics engine that provides respective lyrics for songs associated with the ringback tone.
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